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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Horror! The Horror! Creep Show Historians Talk About Local TV Hosts in Shock It to Me

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What surprised you the most when researching the book?MM: Terrence, the host of Nightmare on KRON-TV 4, had a big student following. When he showed the classic movie Dracula back in 1957, the campus erupted with bonfires and 1,000 students chanting and howling at the moon. One paper referred to it as a "Dracula Fracas." The following week, some kid set off bombs on campus after a broadcast of The Mummy. It went on for weeks. That was power of live, local TV. LH: The big surprise for me was seeing how the technology of the time made it inevitable that the viewers would be exposed to films outside their usual areas of interest. With only a handful of channels to pick from, there might only be two or three movies to pick from. If you ended up watching whatever was on, it was sometimes something you might otherwise never have watched at all. I was exposed to a lot of odd European films that way. Tell us about some of the neat things you'll show at the library Saturday -- like maybe rare and/or awesome clips that our readers will kick themselves if they miss? MM: We will be presenting clips of The Cool Ghoul and Asmodeus that haven't been seen in over 40 years. We'll also have vintage clips of The Ghoul from the '70s, The Son of Svengoolie from the 80s and rare Creature Features material. Shock It to Me</em> starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 28) in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room at the Main Library, 100 Larkin (at Grove), S.F. Admission is free. ------ Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer. She also curates and hosts Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room, every Sunday at 8pm.

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